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What is whiplash?

It can happen without any warning: you are driving along Georgia roadways, you stop at an intersection or railway crossing, and all of a sudden you feel a jolt from behind as another vehicle crashes into yours. You may feel fine initially after the accident, but within 24 hours (sometimes longer) you may develop symptoms of neck stiffness and pain, shoulder tenderness or headaches that may indicate a case of whiplash.

According to the Mayo Clinic, a rear-end auto accident is the most common cause of the neck injury known as whiplash. It is so called because the rapid, forceful, back-and-forth movement of the head and neck that causes it resembles the cracking of a whip. 

Personality changes: A difficult problem following a brain injury

After a brain injury, there is a possibility that a person's entire nature could change. Personality changes aren't as uncommon as you may think when brain injuries are involved.

There are many things you may not feel you can say following a loved one's injuries, but one is a reality: Their personality changed and is no longer familiar. It's a difficult thing to deal with, especially because once calm and collected individuals may become anxious or aggressive, or vice-versa.

The selfless choice of adoption

When you adopt a child into your family in Georgia, you are making a selfless choice to provide a safe, happy home for someone who would not have one otherwise. At McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle & Fordham, we believe it is important for you as adoptive parents to be ready, both emotionally and legally, to bring a child into your home.

In order to adopt a child, you must be at least 10 years older than the child you wish to adopt. Married couples can file for adoption once they have lived together in marriage for at least six months. Otherwise, you must be at least 25 years old to adopt. A child above the age of 14 must consent to his or her adoption.

Drunk driver leads police on chase, one dies

Residents in Georgia have good reason to be frustrated by the ongoing problems related to drunk driving. Despite decades of active campaigns that raise awareness and educate people about the dangers of driving after consuming alcohol or using drugs, too many people continue to do just that. As a result, too many innocent people are injured or killed in the accidents that often ensue. This then leaves their friends and family members mourning a loss that was completely preventable.

One example of this can be seen in a recent crash that happened in DeKalb. According to an AJC report, a man refused to pull over when officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The reason for the stop request is unknown. The driver drove away from police at a speed exceeding 100 miles per hour on the freeway with a posted speed limit of 55 miles per hour. In his attempt to exit the interstate, he lost control of his vehicle.

Construction, confused drivers present dangers in work zones

These days, it is all but impossible to travel Georgia’s roads without encountering road construction and work zones, but for some motorists, making their way through these areas can prove difficult and dangerous. At McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle & Fordham, LLP, we recognize just how frequently work zones are a factor in car crashes, and we have assisted many clients who suffered injury after accidents that occurred in these areas.

Per the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, the number of accidents that occurred in the nation’s work zones rose nearly 8 percent between 2014 and 2015, with 70 work zone crashes causing injuries every day. Furthermore, 96,626 work zone crashes took place in 2015, with 642 of them resulting in one or more fatalities.

The most common dangers of night driving

Sometimes, Georgian drivers have no choice but to hit the road after the sun sets. However, night driving can be extremely taxing. It can also be more dangerous to drive at this time than any other time of day.

The National Safety Council goes into detail about night driving dangers that those on the road may face. These dangers primarily fall into three categories: visibility, vision, and other drivers.

Five ways to prevent truck accidents

Any accident with a commercial truck, regardless of the location or speed, can result in serious injury or even death. Since a truck-passenger vehicle accident is so dangerous, you should do whatever you can to protect yourself.

It doesn't matter where you're driving, there's no way to avoid commercial trucks. Trucks will always be in close proximity to your vehicle, especially when you're on the interstate.

What is the new school bus passing rule in Georgia?

There are many things it is important for motorists to do when driving near school buses. One is to follow the rules related to stopping for buses that have their stop arms engaged.

Now, this school year, these rules are a little different here in Georgia than has been the case in the past. As our readers may have heard, the state’s laws related to stopping for school buses changed over the summer.

Dealing with eye injuries: The impact of a crash on the eyes

One of the most common reasons for eye trauma during a crash is the release of an airbag. When the airbag releases, it inflates at up to 200 mph. The bag can go from being inside the vehicle to fully inflated in a literal blink of the eye. Once it deploys, it begins to deflate immediately, helping absorb the shock from your body falling forward onto it without as much direct impact to the steering wheel or dashbord.

The trouble with airbags is that the speed at which they're released combined with a person's body being thrown forward can make for a dangerous situation. It's possible to hit the airbag hard enough to cause bruising and damage to the eyes during a car crash.

Chest injuries put your life at risk following a crash

One common type of injury you may suffer in a car crash is a lung injury. Victims of crashes may develop bruised lungs or suffer from collapsed lungs due to the impact.

Penetrating chest injuries are the cause of some lung wounds, but not all lung injuries occur because of penetration through the body. Broken ribs could rupture a lung by piercing it, or inflated lungs could burst upon impact in some circumstances.

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